There was a time not long ago when I knew the women at my local nail salon by name—when I’d show up for my regular, biweekly manicure with all manner of Chanel, Dior, or RGB polishes in one hand, and a leash attached to my 45-lb rescue dog in the other. Cindi, Lan, and Margaret would smile a slightly unnerved, but still very kind smile that said, “Welcome back!” and, “your dog is way too big to be in here!”
But a few months ago, the combination of a packed schedule and a newfound preference for bare nails caused me to give up my manicure habit, kickstarting a new obsession with the art of the at-home, no-polish job instead. I’m not the only one hooked on clean, healthy, perfectly square-oval nails (aka “squoval”). Just look at some of spring’s biggest runway moments—Saint Laurent, Prada, andValentino; there’s rarely a trace of lacquer in sight.
The other big draw of creating a ritual around filing, buffing, and moisturizing your nails, facial-style? It’s incredibly cathartic—and a great way to multitask a marathon of Broad City Season 3. Here, a compendium of tools and products to help you dare to go bare.
The star is certainly drawn toward craftsmanship and attention to detail, with even her little black suits—from Dior, naturally—somehow reading as supremely chic, rather than staid. But as with anything, even with all the couture, bling, and fanciful add-ons, sometimes her best looks are the simplest: At the Shanghai International Film Festival, the star opted for the minimalist combination of white dress, white coat, and a coordinating flower pinned to her lapel, topped off with a wealth of Bulgari jewels. Now that’s a movie star.